Sophomore quarterback Bryan Bennett will remain at Oregon, according to sources.
After learning last week that head coach Chip Kelly would remain at Oregon instead of trying his luck in the NFL, it appears the Ducks' run of good luck will continue, as sources close to DuckTerritory indicate that Oregon sophomore quarterback Bryan Bennett will remain at the university instead of transferring to another school, as has been widely speculated.
In 2011, Bennett started one game at quarterback in place of the injured Darron Thomas, leading the Ducks to a 45-2 win at Colorado. Entering 2012, Bennett was thought to have the inside track on the starting quarterback position after Thomas opted last January to enter the NFL Draft, however an offseason quarterback duel between Bennett and eventual starter Marcus Mariota left Bennett's future in Eugene in a relative state of flux. In the hours after Mariota was named the team's starting quarterback before the season opener versus Arkansas State, Bennett met with Kelly to discuss his role with the team moving forward. Convinced by Kelly that he should stay, Bennett appeared in 11 games last season, accumulating 376 yards of total offense and six touchdowns.
Despite his limited, yet productive, time on offense however, sources close to DuckTerritory also indicate that Bennett will more than likely make the switch to defense. Though a definitive position has yet to be determined, Bennett has experience playing defense dating back to high school. As a senior at Encino (Calif.) Crespi, Bennett registered 20 tackles, one interception, and four pass deflections from his defensive back position.